Originally created 12/16/05

Across Georgia



Location for bus stop to be selected soon

ATHENS - Although a new bus and train station east of downtown Athens won't be open for four months, a new road and a new downtown bus stop are among the related projects nearing completion.

In January, Athens-Clarke County Commission will choose from two locations for the bus stop. Although the stop could bring customers to the area, some business owners fear the loss of parking spaces.

Though the proposed stop is across Broad Street from the Arch - and buses don't currently stop on that side of the street - the stop won't hamper traffic flow, city Transportation Director David Clark said.

A $7 million Athens Multimodal Transportation Center, opening in April, will provide a central hub for county and University of Georgia buses, taxis and a proposed Athens-to-Atlanta commuter train line.

Man enters plea on child-porn charges

ATHENS - An east Athens man who, police say, had dozens of images of child pornography in his home faces five years in prison after entering a plea.

Frank Bowen McCann, who has identified himself as the headmaster of the School of Natural Living, entered an Alford plea Monday to false imprisonment and child molestation, and a guilty plea to sexual exploitation of children, according to court records.

In an Alford plea, the defendant in a case does not admit he is guilty but does admit that sufficient evidence exists that could convince a judge or jury to find him guilty him on the charges.

City prepares to lure business with drinks

COMMERCE - Now that a new ordinance regulating liquor-by-the-drink sales has been approved, Mayor Charles Hardy says the city is ready to start bringing in major chain restaurants and the sales tax revenue that is sure to come with the construction.

Commerce voters in March approved the sales.

A liquor-by-the-drink license will cost a business $4,000, according to the ordinance. A wine-by-the-drink license will cost businesses $300.

Man sentenced in mutilation, murder

CANTON - A 20-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl whose nude, partly burned body was found near Lake Allatoona more than three years ago.

Jamerson Mangrum was convicted by a Cherokee County jury that had begun deliberating the case last week.

He had told the jury that Katie Hamlin was alive when he left her at a friend's house on the day her body was found in a dry creek bed in 2002.

The prosecution presented jail inmates who testified that Mr. Mangrum admitted killing Katie after he was first arrested when her body was discovered.

Mr. Mangrum's attorney, Jim Berry, said the defendant dropped the girl off at a friend's house at about 3 a.m., hours before her body was found July 2.

A pathologist for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ruled in 2004 that the teenager died of asphyxiation. Forensic experts testified that DNA evidence shows Mr. Mangrum had sex with the girl before she died.

- From wire reports